Why is it called Latin America? (re-blog with new title)

Q 1 —Why do we hear so little about countries in Central and South America? Q 2 — Do citizens of all Latin American nations speak Spanish? Q 3 — What was the Treaty of Tordesillas?         Q. Why do we hear so little about Latin American countries?   For one thing, we Americans tend to get our news from a relative … Continue reading Why is it called Latin America? (re-blog with new title)

The Tryin’ of Speaker Ryan…revisited (re-posted)

The Tryin’ of Speaker Ryan I have to hand it to Paul Ryan the man just doesn’t quit trying! Caught in a den of experts at lying, and vying for votes by begging or buying. Speaking loudly above all the jeering and swearing, off this way or that…slipping and veering. Poor Speaker Ryan, his smile running thin against all the prying and querying… wearying, not … Continue reading The Tryin’ of Speaker Ryan…revisited (re-posted)

Direct Line…reblogging myself again

Here is another of my early poems from back in the day (Oct. 2015 in this case… Redundancy intended.) Direct Line The Moon, far away as it is bright dims the brighter light of the stars My eye sight follows the path of that light passing the light-years between Knowing full well the facts of the Moonlight reflecting the light of the Sun, it nevertheless … Continue reading Direct Line…reblogging myself again

Stranger than Fiction: again

This is one of my personal favorite assignments from writing class last year…in response to rules that the work be a limerick and contain certain other attributes of writing poetry.    I had great fun writing it— THE DONALD’S MARCH TO INFAMY There once was a boy named Donald Who wanted to be rich, and grow up to be President ha ha! said the people … Continue reading Stranger than Fiction: again

Quoting Flip Wilson & a Post from Gronda Morin.

Originally posted on Gronda Morin:
It is bad enough that the republicans in the US Congress are hard at work to pass their 2017 Donor/ Corporation tax cut bill around December 19, 2016, which does little to grow the economy; where the economy is on an upswing and unemployment numbers are low, where at least 1 trillion dollars will be added to the deficit; where… Continue reading Quoting Flip Wilson & a Post from Gronda Morin.

Betrayal in Utah—a Sad Poem

Bears Ears—Listening in Pain Sacred are the lands once protected by more honorable men… betrayal stings by smiling lies Navaho gods are weeping, for the fork-tongued leader has betrayed their hearts Let thunder crash as the deed becomes known in shameful terms— greed and deceit are the law of the land Drums echo in the desert valleys, vibrating the monuments of the ages now damp … Continue reading Betrayal in Utah—a Sad Poem

not your granny’s Columbus Day…

http://theoatmeal.com/comics/columbus_day This article is excellent on the subject of Christopher Columbus and the “discovery of America.” It is well worth the read, and deserves an A+ for research and attribution, factual information based partially on bona fide original sources including Columbus’s own writing. Bartolomé de Las Casas,  Dominican Friar and later Bishop, is the author of The Destruction of the Indies, which details the systematic horror … Continue reading not your granny’s Columbus Day…

Sticks and Stones and “Dotards”

Re the sticks-and-stones contest, following the old adage that “sticks and stones will break my bones, but names will never hurt me.”      Remember when some kid would spew off a string of bad words and mean but innocuous insults, and Mom or Grandma would sooth hurt feelings with the little rhyme…which in effect meant “if some kid hits you let me know, but … Continue reading Sticks and Stones and “Dotards”

Of Statues and Soldiers…

Why are angry mobs allowed to destroy Civil War statues?      If they have to be taken down, properly and carefully by local government authorities—why not store them temporarily at a museum or some other place appropriate.     Smashing them to rubble is foolish…no, let me say stupid…and knee-jerk reactions to political correctness.   Gratuitous pandering, perhaps. Except for one thing—there seems to be NO thought or reasoning … Continue reading Of Statues and Soldiers…

Pershing at the Front (by poet Arthur Guiterman) a student recitation favorite…

Back in the day students were required to memorize poems and recite them in class.  For most the process was torture—memorizing a poem from a list of “suggested” poems, working up the nerve to stand up in front of the class for the recitation, and enduring the embarrassment from  snickers of buddies in the audience. Here’s one that was a favorite of the day, passed … Continue reading Pershing at the Front (by poet Arthur Guiterman) a student recitation favorite…

Johnson’s Island, Confederate officers prison on Lake Erie, Ohio (Part Two)

(all photos on this page © Sometimes, 2017)   These photos were taken in May 1981 by Bob Dreger, my late husband. The island prison housed Confederate military officers who were originally  captured during Civil War battles, and imprisoned  at Camp Chase, Columbus Ohio.   The object was to separate the officers from the rank-and-file soldiers and house them in the Northern prison where they remained until … Continue reading Johnson’s Island, Confederate officers prison on Lake Erie, Ohio (Part Two)

Johnson’s Island confederate cemetery on Lake Erie, Ohio….photos of Southern soldier statue (Part One)

Here are two photos of the statue at Johnson’s Island, Ohio, taken by Bob Dreger in 1981.   The cemetery is a protected U.S. site, where more than two hundred Confederate military officers are buried.    I do need to clarify that Bob Dreger was the photographer, in 1981.  The copyright  is ©Sometimes, 2017. This island is far North, half way to Canada.   It was important because … Continue reading Johnson’s Island confederate cemetery on Lake Erie, Ohio….photos of Southern soldier statue (Part One)